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Apricot Cardamom Wreath

Apricot Cardamom Wreath

Brandied apricots are tucked inside a sweet cardamom bread that's shaped in a wreath and sprinkled with pearl sugar.

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1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
04 hrs 10 min
Total Time



1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter

1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk

2 teaspoons salt

2 (1/4-ounce) packages active dry yeast

1/4 cup warm water (105°F to 115°F)

6 1/2 to 7 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup sour cream

3 large Land O Lakes® Eggs


2 to 2 1/2 cups water

1/4 cup brandy  

1 (6-ounce) package dried apricots, chopped

Egg Wash

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg, slightly beaten

2 tablespoons milk

Large pearl sugar


 *Substitute water.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Stir together 1 cup sugar and cardamom in saucepan. Add butter, evaporated milk and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 5-8 minutes or until butter is melted. Cool to 105°F to 115°F or warm.

  2. STEP 2

    Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup warm water in bowl. Add warm milk mixture, 3 cups flour, sour cream and eggs. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to make dough easy to handle.

  3. STEP 3

    Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; knead 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic about. Place into greased bowl; turn greased-side up. Cover; let rise in warm place 1-1 1/2 hours or until double in size. (Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched.)

  4. STEP 4

    Combine 2 cups water, brandy and apricots in saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally and adding small amounts of additional water, if necessary, 40-45 minutes or until apricots are tender and mixture is thickened. Set aside.

  5. STEP 5

    Punch down dough; divide in half. Let rest 10 minutes.

  6. STEP 6

    Roll half of dough on lightly floured surface to 20x9-inch rectangle; cut into 3 (3-inch) strips. Spread each strip with about 3 tablespoons apricot mixture to within 1/2-inch of edge. Bring 20-inch sides together; pinch sides and ends tightly to seal well. Gently braid filled strips together.

  7. STEP 7

    Place braid onto greased baking sheet; form into wreath. Pinch ends to seal well. Repeat with remaining dough and apricot mixture. Cover; let rise 30 minutes.

  8. STEP 8

    Heat oven to 350°F. Bake 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned.

  9. STEP 9

    Stir together 1 egg and milk in bowl. Brush breads with egg mixture; sprinkle with pearl sugar. Continue baking 5-10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from baking sheets; transfer to cooling racks.

Tip #1

For best results, bake one wreath at a time.

Nutrition (1 serving)

260 Calories
7 Fat (g)
60 Cholesterol (mg)
250 Sodium (mg)
42 Carbohydrates (g)
1 Dietary Fiber
6 Protein (g)
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